5 for Friday :: Lidia Bastianich

about_lidia-2I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Today we feature graceful celebrity, Lidia Bastianich. She needs no introduction for anyone who loves food. Lidia has hosted several cookings shows on PBS, including Lidia’s Italy which is produced by Tavola Productions, an entertainment company she founded and oversees. She owns four restaurants, is a partner at Eataly in NYC, owns a B&B and winery in Friuli (see #3 below) and has authored MANY award-winning books.

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5 for Friday :: Brandon Gillespie

Brandon GillespieI have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Today we feature Italian-food loving, NYU business school graduate and Capitol Hill resident Brandon Gillespie. I came to know Brandon many moons ago when I was producing the radio show for Tom Douglas. Tom ate at Brandon’s restaurant in West Seattle (the now-closed Beato) and LOVED it. When Tom Douglas loves something, that’s saying a lot! From there, Brandon Continue reading

5 for FRIDAY :: Cle Franklin with Half Pint Ice Cream

Cle FranklinI have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

I ran into my old pal Cle at the Urban Craft Uprising event a few weekends ago. I was there signing copies of Fresh Pantry and nearly EVERYONE was walking by with a cone or cup of ice cream. I needed one. Turns out HALF PINT ICE CREAM was there scooping and by the end of the day had run out of over half her flavors! (If you’ve never been to this event, mark your calendar for next time – it was awesome.)

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5 for Friday :: Farmer D aka Daron Joffe

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

missionI met Farmer D several years ago at a friend’s wedding. I knew in advance we had SO much in common (us being urban farmers and all) that I offered to pick him up from the airport and drive him to the wedding venue out in Carnation. We’d never met before, but I was stoked to connect with a kindred spirit. So, there we were, two strangers who dig on urban farming, hanging out like old friends, and it’s pretty much been the same ever since. The love I have for this man is deep and feels old; I am pretty certain we’ve crossed paths in other lives. D is my hero, truly. Check this out………

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5 for Friday – Sheri Wetherell, Co-Founder & CEO Foodista.com

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Sheri WetherellOh, where to start with this one?? I met Sheri Wetherell in the late 90’s – she was on the team I joined after being hired by Amazon.com. We only worked together a year or so before getting canned, but as working in group office and traveling for work will do, we became fast friends. Plus, we’re both Geminis (our birthdays only 3 days apart) so how could I not love her? Sheri was with me in the days after my house burned down and rather then try and put band aids on things and make them sunny, she embraced the gravity of the experience and just let me cry when I burst into sudden tears remembering things I’d lost. I’d be talking and laughing one minute, and then frozen in a fit of panic the next. I’d bawl, wipe my face and she’d just keep talking – like a little anchor of normalcy that I so needed then. We’re the kind of friends who’ve been through fires, divorce, new loves, big moves, the sadness of death and the joy of new children (hers, not mine!) together – a real gem of a friendship. Continue reading

5 for Friday – Kari Gran, eco-Skincare Product Developer & Entrepreneur

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

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I met Kari Gran (pictured left) through my dear friend Carilyn, who was hired to do PR for her then-new skincare line. She co-founded her company, aptly named Kari Gran, with her friend, Lisa Strain – two ladies moving’ and shakin’ to introduce their line of products. On the top floor of a gorgeous and airy loft overlooking Lake Union, Kari showed me how to wash my face with oils, talked to me about the benefit of using oil-based cleansers and moisturizers, and in general charmed me with her easy going yet educated approach to daily skincare. After sending me home with a small sample size of the line, I was hooked. Within two weeks, I received compliments from friends on how great I looked. How refreshed. My friend Nga actually said to me “Brooky, your skin is glowing.” I was hooked. Continue reading

5 for Friday with Justine Ashbee, Artist & Weaver

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

Justine Ashbee

This week I’m actually WITH my friend Justine Ashbee at her flat in Brighton, England. I’ve been wanting to spotlight her for some time and spending time with her the last several days gave me a lucky peak into her work and life. Justine, in the simplest term, is an artist. Quirky and gorgeous, she is always creating amazing items and has a sense of style that is profound and unique. I’m in love with all of her creative pieces, but to be honest, I even love seeing how she pulls an outfit together. Continue reading

5 for Friday, Brian Cartenuto – Southern Chef & Entrepreneur

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

briancThis week, I’m sending long distance love to my pal, Brian Cartenuto. I met Brian several years ago when the then-new Seattle restaurant, Cantinetta opened. He was a young and confident chef then and frankly, remains that way today! Full of piss and vigor, I was instantly struck as he both worked the room and hustled in the kitchen with ease. Charming as they come, Brian is a pro at front and back of the house – a rare trait in a chef. You may recall his savvy one-liners, as he appeared on (and WON!) Foodnetwork’s Cuthroat Kitchen earlier this year. Continue reading

5 for Friday, Katie Okumura – Marketing Manager & radio Co-Host

I have the great providence of being surrounded by inspiring people. 5 for Friday questions will be asked of artists, farmers, curators, creators, innovators, entrepreneurs etc – all of the people that I find interesting. Everyone gets the same five questions.

536796_426697254007552_1639940695_nI was fated to meet Katie Okumura – she is my soul sister in many ways. Many years ago, at a mutual friends wedding, I was the day-of coordinator while Katie was the Maid of Honor. Little did I know this PYT would soon become a big part of my life. KatieO now works in marketing and merriment at Tom Douglas Restaurants, my professional alma mater of sorts. She is in charge of creating and implementing the events, marketing strategies, web copy, etc for several of the restaurants. A pretty cool job, right?! KatieO-On-The-Go is also a weekly contributor (and frankly the charming glue that holds two wayward chefs together in lively conversation!) to Seattle Kitchen on KIRO, Chefs Tom Douglas & Thierry Rautureau’s food radio program. Continue reading

5 for Friday – with amyp!

HI! I decided to interview myself for 5 for Friday this week, as I’ve just released my 11th eBook, Fresh Pantry – BEETS! Annnnddd……maybe I forgot it was Friday. It happens. BEETS is the eleventh volume in the 12-month series and features fun and inspired recipes for onions that will liven up your kitchen, without boring your palate or relying on processed foods. Fresh Pantry: Beets features: 16 creative & easy recipes spanning every meal of the day, including morning noshes –  Corn Crepes with Beet Sauce, afternoon snacks/apps like Beet-pickled Eggs (these are so gorgeous) & a KILLER Fennel-Beet Borscht that will warm your soul and keep you healthy all winter long. I hope you check it out, post it to your Pinterest, share it with friends and sing this book series from the mountaintops! I wrote Fresh Pantry eBooks as a means to help people eat seasonally and it’s been a labor … Continue reading